Barbara is sitting with Gordon in the lounge room at Dural, and
she comments, "That sounds incredible." Gordon
points out that Caroline obviously believes the man -
and Stephen rang yesterday and told him that Desmond sensed danger
when Bill Ashley tried to kill Samantha. Barbara comments that
Stephen's not the type to believe that sort of thing too easily;
she wishes Caroline had waited. Gordon tells her that
she and Samantha went by cab with Desmond; they were going to
leave him to fix the situation up and go on home. Barbara asks
how Caroline was, but Gordon explains that he didn't
get much chance to talk to her. He adds that he doubts she'll
settle down until they find out what's happened to Amanda. There's
suddenly a knock at the front door, and Barbara mutters that she
hopes it isn't Charlie! The two of them go to the door and Barbara
opens it to find Jim standing there, looking the worse for wear.
Gordon tells him that Beryl was worried about him. Jim explains
that he hit the turfs a bit and felt so rotten that he thought
he'd better book into a pub to sleep it off; he's not feeling
too good to think of facing Beryl this morning. Gordon starts
to say, "I think that Beryl--" Jim, however, interrupts
him and says he wants to apologise for yesterday - he should have
kept his head; but he thinks it's better if he doesn't take the
job - he and Wayne could never work together. He adds that he
knows Beryl will be upset-- Gordon interrupts and tells him that
Beryl has gone; her 'plane to Melbourne leaves in a couple
of hours. Jim realises, "I've botched everything, haven't
I...?" He then adds that he was going to tell her that he'd
try to get something good as long as he got it on his own, but
it looks like he left it too late. Gordon, though, explains that
he thinks Beryl was rather hoping he might follow. Jim dashes
upstairs to pack!
At Irene's flat, Beryl comments to Bourke that it does sound
a bit far-fetched. David adds that he thinks it's a load
of hogwash. Irene stares at Bourke as he says he knows
how it sounds, but is it worth taking the risk? David snaps at
him that he can't put the wind up him, so he can forget it; he's
taking that load back to Melbourne this afternoon. He adds that
there are a few things he has to do first so he'd better be on
his way. Irene chips in to suggest, "Look, CB, you might
as well get the truck checked over." David, though, snaps
at her, "Don't tell me you think he's on the level?"
Irene insists that there's no harm in playing it safe.
David growls that it'll be a waste of time, and he heads to the
door. Fiona calls after him to ask when he's leaving and he replies
that it'll be one or two hours. He adds that he knows she used
to read the tea leaves, but she can't expect him to believe
Bourke. Fiona suggests that he could be right, but David
assures her, "He isn't. Nothing's going to happen to me or
The guy who was following David's truck is sitting in his car,
which is still parked in the driveway at Dural. He's holding a
cardboard box, and he takes off the lid to reveal some sticks
of dynamite inside. He suddenly becomes aware of Leigh pushing
Shane up the driveway, past him, and he stares at her. Leigh approaches
the path to Charlie's front door. Neil is just coming the other
way and he asks her if she had a nice walk. Leigh smiles that
it was lovely except Shane kept throwing away poor old Bert! Neil
explains that he's looking for David - the depot just rang to
say the truck's ready to go; as soon as David turns up he can
pick it up and be off. Leigh asks him if he wasn't going to stick
around for a while, but Neil muses, "Not much point."
Leigh tells him that she'll be sorry to see him go - although
she'll be glad David will have someone with him. The
two of them start walking up to the house. The guy in the car
stares at them heading off and then returns his attention to the
dynamite, wrapping black insulating tape around the sticks to
keep them together...
At Irene's, Irene asks Bourke if he's sure he won't stay for
lunch, but Bourke explains that he hasn't much appetite. Irene
assures him that David didn't mean to be rude; he just got him
rattled. Bourke muses, "Not rattled enough."
Fiona says she'll go and see him before he leaves and at least
try and convince him to have someone check out the truck. Bourke
says he feels there is a real danger, and Fiona assures him that
she'll do everything she can to get through to him. With that,
Jim is coming downstairs at Dural with a suitcase in his hand.
He can hear as David and Gordon talk in the lounge room, David
telling Gordon that Charlie is out for the afternoon and asking
him if he can keep an eye on Leigh and Shane. Gordon assures him,
"Of course." He then warns David that he doesn't think
he should completely ignore Desmond. David, though, retorts that
he can't back out of taking a load just because of a harebrained
prediction; the bloke's only out to cause a stir. Jim suddenly
appears in the doorway and Barbara asks him if he's booked his
flight. He replies, "Not yet." He hesitates and then,
looking at David, asks, "Heading back to Melbourne, are you?"
David replies, "The truck's ready to pick up. I'll be leaving
soon." Jim goes on, "I was wondering if I could hitch
a ride with you. I went out on a bit of a bender last night; I've
just discovered I've lost my wallet somewhere along the track.
Probably got pinched while I was asleep." Gordon offers to
lend him the money for the train fare, but Jim says he'd rather
not start borrowing money. He adds that he's got enough money
to go halves on petrol. David, though, explains that that's not
the problem: there's another bloke travelling with him;
it might get a bit squashed. Jim assures him, "I
don't mind if you don't." David warns him, "Just
make sure you give Beryl a fair go - she's had a bit of a raw
deal lately." Jim assures him, "I will. I do want it
to work." David murmurs, "That's good."
Roland and Beryl are sitting in Irene's lounge room, and Roland
comments to Beryl that he can see David's point of view. Beryl
agrees that she can't take it seriously at all. Irene
and Fiona come in from the kitchen and Fiona announces that she'd
better be making tracks, adding that she just hopes David will
listen to her. Irene tells her to take her car. Beryl
asks Fiona if she can come with her to Dural, as she's decided
she'll talk to Jim before he goes. Roland chips in that he has
to say that it would have served Wayne right if Jim had thumped
him yesterday. Beryl retorts that that may be so, but that's still
no way to behave in a business meeting. Roland points out that
Wayne's behaviour was hardly business-like - he was needling
Jim from the word 'go'. Beryl muses that everyone seems to be
on Jim's side, and Fiona suggests to her that perhaps
she ought to be, too. Beryl insists, "It wasn't
just that, Fiona..." She then adds that she'll talk
to him, and she and Fiona go. As she closes the door, Irene says
to Roland that she hopes David does listen; there's no
sense in taking any chances. Roland comments to her that she's
very fond of David, and Irene admits, "Yes, I am." She
goes on, "I once even had girlish hopes, but... he's just
a mate, that's all. I accept that now." She continues sadly,
"Story of my life, really, being mates to the men I'd rather
be more too." She stares at Roland longingly and then quickly
heads to clear the tablecloth. Roland, though, tells her that
he thinks they should talk. He puts his hands on her shoulders
and turns her to face him before continuing, "I know that
you've begun to feel something for me--" Irene, though, interrupts
him and tells him, "I saw yesterday how you felt about Caroline
and I've been through that with CB and Patricia; I don't want
to go through that again. Getting over Barbara the way
you are, it's natural you should turn to Caroline - you've known
her a long time - but I just want to keep well out of it."
She then dashes out of the flat, saying she promised she'd see
Mrs. Longhurst. Roland stands there, looking concerned.
David and Jim are with Leigh, Shane and Neil at Charlie's, and
David tells Neil that they're ready to go when he is.
Leigh asks him if he can wait until Charlie gets back, but David
explains that the company is keen to get that load to Melbourne.
He then tells her to go and stay with Gordon, but Leigh cries
that she doesn't want to see Wayne - he'll be mad at her for not
going along with his scheme about Roland. David, though, points
out that he won't say anything in front of Gordon, and Leigh reluctantly
accepts this. She then says she'll get Shane a jacket and they'll
see him off. She suddenly remembers something and asks David if
he found Shane's tinkle ball. David replies that it's in the glovebox
and she and Neil head off to get it. Left alone with Jim, David
asks him not to say anything about Desmond in front of Leigh.
He adds that he'll tell Neil on the way; it'll give him something
to laugh about.
Outside, the guy who's been tailing David is creeping around
behind the truck, carrying the bomb in its box. He suddenly spots
Neil emerging from Charlie's and quickly walks off, still carrying
the bomb. Neil reaches into the truck's cab to get the toy ball
as the guy watches from the bushes. He then looks on as everyone
comes out of Charlie's and stands on the path. Neil hands Shane
his ball and tells Leigh to keep her chin up. Leigh wishes him
and Jim a good trip and the two men head off to the truck. Alone
with a glum-looking Leigh, David tells her that it's not that
bad - he's only going to Melbourne. Leigh sighs that she wishes
he wasn't. He bends down to Shane and tells him to be
a good lad before standing back up and telling Leigh to go to
the Hamiltons' for a while and try and relax. Leigh starts pushing
Shane next door. David heads to his truck, but as he does so,
he suddenly spots the car hidden in the bushes. He calls to Neil,
who asks what's up. David tells him that the car has been there
all morning. Neil asks him if he thinks someone's watching them.
David murmurs, "I don't know. Let's have a look." The
two of the approach the vehicle and David, looking inside, sighs
that it's empty. He then chuckles that, for a moment, he thought...;
Leigh worrying all the time must have rubbed off a bit! The guy
with the bomb watches from the bushes, the box containing the
explosives under his arm...
Jenny and Stephen are in Sydney, walking along a pathway in the
grounds at the university with a counsellor. The counsellor is
saying that he first met Colin about six months ago; he's been
suffering a lot of depression and he hadn't been adjusting very
well to college life. Jenny, looking shocked, comments that she
had no idea. Stephen asks the counsellor if he went to
Colin or-- The counsellor interrupts and explains that
Colin came to them; they have an office on campus and
any student who feels they need counselling only has to walk in.
Jenny asks, "He knew he needed help?" The counsellor
replies, "He didn't want to admit it. Some do, some don't.
One of his tutors made an appointment for him." Jenny asks
what's wrong with him, and the counsellor explains, "It's
his father's death. It's an obsession." Jenny cries that
that was nearly ten years ago. She goes on that she knows it hit
him hard when it first happened, but she thought he'd be well
over it by now. The counsellor asks, "You're his stepmother,
aren't you?" Jenny tells him, "Yes. He was three or
four when his real mother died. We've always had a good relationship
- I've been more like an older sister to him than a mother, really.
And I can't understand why he didn't tell me. I mean, his letters
were always so cheerful; so full of everything that was going
on." The counsellor says he's afraid Colin was lying: as
far as his course was concerned, he's barely been scraping through;
as a matter of fact, he failed some units last term. They stop
walking and Jenny exclaims, "He told me he got high distinctions
in everything." The counsellor tells her that very
few can manage that. Stephen chips in that there are obviously
some very deep-seated problems. The counsellor says he thinks
the best thing would be for Jenny to take Colin home for a while
and let him relax; they don't want a repeat of the sleeping tablets.
Jenny looks over to where two male students are sitting on a bench,
talking. She murmurs, "Thank God someone found him in time..."
The counsellor tells her that Colin has been even more introverted
since he got back from hospital; he's hardly speaking; there's
a real danger he could try to commit suicide again. Stephen assures
him, "We'll make sure that doesn't happen." The three
of them walk over to the bench where the two student are talking.
One of them stands up and walks off as they spot Jenny, Stephen
and the counsellor approaching. Jenny sits down next to the other
student and puts her arm round him, saying, "Hello, darling.
You remember Stephen?" Colin stares at Stephen and he smiles,
"Hello, Colin." Jenny tells her stepson that they've
come to take him home to the farm. Colin, though, snaps, "No."
The counsellor warns, "Colin..." but Colin insists,
"I won't go back to the farm." Jenny asks why not. Colin
retorts, "I'd rather be dead than go back there
again." Jenny looks at Stephen in surprise.
There's a knock on the front door at Dural, and Gordon answers
it to find Fiona and Beryl standing there. He comments to Beryl
that he thought she would have been home by now, but Beryl explains
that she decided she'd talk to Jim before she left. Barbara emerges
from the lounge room - with Leigh - and tells her that she's just
missed him; he thought she'd gone so he asked David for a lift
down on the truck. Fiona asks in concern if they've already gone,
and Leigh replies, "Yeah, a while ago. Why, what's wrong?"
Fiona looks at Beryl apprehensively.
In the grounds at the university, Jenny cries to Colin that he
loves the farm. Colin, though, retorts that it's the
last place he wants to be; he's been having nightmares
about it. Jenny tells him that she wants to look after him, but
she can't afford to stay on in Sydney; he'll be alright as soon
as he gets home. Colin insists that he's not going, and Jenny
asks what's bothering him: is it her?; is it living in
the country? Colin snaps, "I won't go back to the farm, OK?
Is that clear enough?" He stands up and goes to storm off,
but Stephen chases after him and asks, "How about coming
to Woombai instead? You can stay there if you don't like the farm.
Jenny can stay, too." Jenny joins them and tells him that
they don't want to impose, but Stephen assures her that she wouldn't
be. He asks Colin what he says. Colin cries, "As long as
I don't have to go back to the farm." Jenny tells him to
go and get his things and he walks off. When he's out of earshot,
Jenny cries to Stephen, "It doesn't make sense. He's studying
Agricultural Science so he can take over the farm. He's
always seemed to love it, and now..." She clasps her hands
to her face. Stephen suggests that the main thing is to get him
back to Woombai and let him feel the pressure's off; he'll explain
when he's ready.
In the lounge room at Dural, Leigh cries, "We have to go
after them." Beryl tells her that there's probably nothing
in it, but Leigh retorts that just because Richard is in Melbourne,
it doesn't mean he couldn't have got someone else to do something
to the truck. Fiona asks her if Richard is capable of murder and
Leigh cries that he's capable of anything. Barbara suggests
that they call the police, but Gordon says he doubts they'd take
a psychic premonition very seriously. Leigh cries that they have
to go after them themselves, and Fiona agrees that she
thinks they'd better. Beryl snaps that it's a lot of fuss about
nothing, but Leigh asks, "What if it isn't? Jim's with them
too, remember? He could be in as much danger as they
are." Fiona suddenly declares, "I'm going after them."
Beryl tells her that she'll go with her and Leigh adds, "So
will I." Barbara offers to look after Shane, and Fiona, Beryl
and Leigh head out. When they've gone, Gordon comments to Barbara,
"Probably a storm in a teacup." Barbara murmurs, "Yeah,
Jenny leads Colin into the Woombai homestead, and he looks around
uncertainly. She then asks him if he'd like a lie down before
dinner, but he replies that he's OK. Jenny, though, insists that
he'll feel better after a rest. Stephen tells him that the bedroom
is the second door on the left. He adds that Andy's gear is in
there, but he won't be home for a couple of hours. Without saying
anything, Colin picks up his cases and walks off. When he's gone,
Stephen tells Jenny, "He'll snap out of it in a couple of
days." He goes to put his arm round her, but Jenny, looking
agonised, tells him, "I don't think we should. I mean, would
you mind if we kept it low-key until we find out what's troubling
him?" Stephen assures her, "Fine. You can have one of
the guest rooms. We'll be terribly proper!" Jenny smiles
weakly, "Thanks." She then cries that she wishes she
knew what it was; she tried to talk to him on the 'plane and he
just clammed-up. Stephen suggests that she give him time to unwind
and maybe he'll confide in her then. Jenny cries, "We always
got on so well. Why has he closed himself off?"
Stephen tells her to calm down; they don't want him feeling that
they're looking over his shoulder all the time. Jenny retorts
that they have to watch him just in case-- Stephen interrupts
and suggests that maybe Andy can help them there: if he can strike
up a friendship with the boy, he can probably do more good than
they can. With that, Jenny sighs that she'll go and see how he's
settling in, and she walks off.
Fiona has pulled Irene's car in at the side of the road; steam
is pouring from the engine. She, Leigh and Beryl get out to have
a look and Fiona opens the bonnet. Leigh cries that they have
to keep going or they'll never catch them. Fiona, though,
peering into the engine, retorts that they can't: the fanbelt's
snapped. Leigh asks if they can't call the NRMA or something,
but Fiona retorts, "What? Out here?" Beryl
asks if there's a spare one in the boot, but Fiona replies that
there isn't. Leigh insists that they have to do something,
but Fiona asks, "Like what?" She pauses and then asks,
"Is anyone wearing pantyhose?" Leigh says she isn't.
Fiona looks at Beryl, who exclaims indignantly, "I only bought
David pulls his truck into a petrol station and everyone climbs
out. David asks the attendant to fill her up and he then suggests
to Neil and Jim that they go and get some tucker to take away.
None of them notices the guy with the bomb watching them from
a distance. When they're out of sight, he turns his car onto the
petrol station forecourt and comes to a halt next to the truck.
He picks up the bomb and starts setting the timer...
The 'phone is ringing at Irene's as she comes into her apartment
with some bags of shopping, and she dashes to answer it. Desmond
Bourke comes on, saying he hasn't heard anything from Fiona. Irene
tells him that she rang the Hamiltons'; Fiona has gone after David
- he'd left by the time she got there. Sounding worried, Bourke
asks, "He took the truck?" Irene nods, "Yeah."
She then adds that Fiona may have caught up with him by now; she's
sure she'll be able to stop him going on, even if she has to lie
down in front of the truck! Bourke asks Irene to call him when
she hears something, and Irene says she will. She then tells Bourke
not to worry and hangs up. As she does so, Roland comes in and
comments, "That sounds like good advice for you:
about not worrying, I mean." Irene asks him grimly how she
can help it. Roland tells her that he hates to see her
upset. Changing the subject, he then adds that he wishes she hadn't
run out on him before - he wanted to explain that she was quite
wrong about Caroline: when she was with Stephen and he was with
Barbara, they used to be great friends - they'd go out together
as a foursome - but there was nothing else between them. He then
adds, "But I think there could be between you and me..."
Irene, staring at him, asks, "What about Barbara?" Roland
murmurs that it'll be a long while before he's completely over
Barbara, but he would never have got through the last few weeks
without her. He leans in and starts kissing her...
David is driving his truck along a deserted road. Jim is sitting
next to him and Neil is seated by the passenger-side window. David
tells Jim that Beryl is a good lady, and Jim assures him that
he doesn't have to worry; he'll make sure she's happy. David warns
him that he'd better or he'll have a bone to pick with him if
he doesn't! Changing the subject, he then asks who's going to
stop and get the fruit. Jim looks at Neil and smiles that he's
got the youngest legs! Neil laughs, "I reckon you old blokes
need the exercise!" David pulls the truck in by a fruit stall
which is set up by the side of the road.
Irene's car is back on the road and Fiona drives it round a corner.
Beryl is in the passenger seat and Leigh is sitting in the back.
Beryl comments that the pantyhose seem to be doing the trick and
Fiona agrees, "Thank heavens!" Leigh suddenly cries
out, "There's the truck!" As they approach it, there's
suddenly a loud explosion and the truck erupts in a ball of flame.
Fiona pulls the car to a sharp halt, crying in shock, "Oh
my God!" Beryl gets out and runs over to the truck, which
is now well ablaze. David is standing by the fruit stall, looking
slightly dazed, but he manages to stagger into a standing position.
Beryl asks him if he's alright. He nods. She then asks where Jim
is. She suddenly spots him running towards her, his clothes smouldering
from the fire, and she cries, "Jim!" Another explosion
suddenly rocks the truck and its force knocks Beryl and David
to the ground by the fruit stall. They manage to stand up again
and run over to Jim, who's lying on the ground, his jumper on
fire. Fiona joins them as they smother him with a blanket to try
to put out the flames. Beryl suddenly falls back into David's
arms, fainting from the shock of the events...